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Sister Maria Caridad Pinuela, baptized Guillerma Pinuela, died on Monday, November 6, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession: 17 years as a Dominican Sister of Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines, and in her 50th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Maria Caridad was born in Zarraga, Iloilo, Philippines, to Juan and Mercedes (Sendino) Pinuela. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Zarraga and received a bachelor’s degree in history from San Agustin University in Iloilo City and a master’s degree in educational administration from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister spent three years ministering in education in the Philippines and 10 years at schools in Detroit, Michigan; Douglas, Arizona; Aiea, Hawaii, where she was principal of St. Elizabeth School for seven years; and Oakland, California, all prior to entering the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Her ministries as an Adrian Dominican Sister were in schools in Oakland and Hayward, California.
Sister Maria Caridad became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2002. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Flocerfida Pedroso; and a brother, Wilfredo Pinuela. She is survived by her brother, Rogelio Pinuela of Zarraga, Iloilo, Philippines; other loving family members; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in the gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 9, 2023. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery.
Those who are not attending services in person are welcome to participate via live stream at https://adriandominicans.org/Live-Stream.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)
Recording of Sister Maria Caridad's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, you can also download the recording by clicking on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen and choosing "Download." Worship Aid (PDF)
Recording of Sister Maria Caridad's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, you can also download the recording by clicking on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen and choosing "Download." Worship Aid (PDF)
Left: Sister Maria Caridad, then Guillerma, far left, takes part in a folk dance performance at Sacred Heart Academy in the Philippines, 1954; Center: Maria Caridad; Right: Members of Sister Maria Caridad Pinuela’s family are, back row, from left, brothers Rogelio and Willie and sister Flocer, and front row, Mercedes, mother, and Sister Maria Caridad.
Left: Sister Maria Caridad; Center: From left, Sisters Marguerite O’Callaghan, Maria Caridad Pinuela, and Evelyn Montez; Right: Sister Maria Caridad arrives for a mission group weekend in the early 1980s.
Left: Members of the Hesed Mission Group in June 2000 are back row, from left, Sisters Joanne O’Connor, Evelyn Montez, Ellen Mary Ach, and Sharon Beckmann and front row, from left, Sisters Cecilia Nguyen, Maria Caridad Pinuela, and Marion Castelluccio; Right: Sister Maria Caridad Pinuela in the Maria Dining Room at the Motherhouse
Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Claudia Morgan, Mina Riggs, Rosalie Bulanda, and Joanne McCauley; third row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Joan Christie, Ann Marie Petri, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Janet Capone, Ann Englert, Annette Desloover and Mary Irene Walker; second row, from left, Sisters Helen Essa, Dorothy Berg, Rosaire McAuliffe, Joanne Spisz, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Denise Devitt, Mary Kathleen O’Neill, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.
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